Just three days before its September 22 premiere, ABC's new Charlie's Angels finally settled on an actor to replace Robert Wagner as the voice of detective agency owner Charles Townsend — former Alias star Victor Garber. "They were in a panic. I think my agent was negotiating with someone in the Emmys audience," says Garber, who has the same gentlemanly grace as the late John Forsythe, Charlie on the original series and in two feature films. "This is an out-of-the-blue, out-of-body experience. I'm just happy they settled on me."
When ABC premieres its new Charlie's Angels tomorrow night, the voice of Charlie will sound awfully familiar to fans of another female-driven ABC adventure series.
Victor Garber, who starred opposite Jennifer Garner as Alias' Jack Bristow from 2001-2006, will take over the...
Alice St. Clair, Dan Amboyer
Who says nothing happens on the weekend before Labor Day? (And we're not talking storm preparations on the East Coast — at least not in this space.) Nowadays, TV almost never takes a holiday, and such is the case this weekend. A few highlights:
Torchwood: Miracle Day (Friday, 10/9c, Starz) I wish I could report that last week's terrific episode (Jack's 1920s flashback, which went from romantic to disturbing in a bloody flash as he was revealed as "the blessing") represented a return to form for this otherwise woefully uneven season of Torchwood. But I'm afraid we're back to the present day this week, and the action is just as ridiculously clumsy and the characters (Rex and Esther in particular) as aggravating as ever. Still, with only two episodes to go after this, I'll watch to the end.
Escapism is USA Network's specialty, especially in the busy summer season, and rarely achieved more effortlessly than in the appealing Tuesday night combo of White Collar and Covert Affairs. Tonight's unusually ambitious Affairs episode (10/9c) is a great escape for several reasons. It takes us far away, to exotic Istanbul — filmed on location (not exactly an everyday occurrence on a basic-cable budget), and having just returned from that region a week ago, I assure you it's as fabulous as it looks here — and as an added bonus, we're in very good company, because the story focuses on the show's not-so-secret weapon, scene-stealer Christopher Gorham's affable blind CIA agent Auggie Anderson...
Lisa Kudrow, Web Therapy
Fiona Wallice is affected, self-entitled and narcissistic. She is a former businesswoman who stumbled into therapy and then when she found other people's lives too tedious to tolerate, she modified her job into a new "treatment modality," she calls "Web Therapy." Give her three minutes and she'll give you ... something, even if it's just further confusion.
Fiona is the character Lisa Kudrow developed alongside Don Roos and partner Dan Bucatinsky for Web Therapy, an Internet series that bowed on L/Studio in three-minute bursts in 2008, and has now been converted into a cable series for Showtime by combining webisodes and fleshing out previously unseen aspects of Fiona's personal life.
At the show's heart is Kudrow, who spends nary a minute off-screen. Web Therapy (Tuesday, 11/10c, Showtime) finds Kudrow doing that thing that is uniquely hers...
Jean Smart, Victor Garber
Didn't get enough of the royal wedding last month? Then check out this first look at Hallmark Channel's cheeky prequel, William & Catherine: A Royal Romance, set to air August 27. Stars Jane Alexander (Queen Elizabeth), Alias' Victor Garber (Prince Charles) and Hawaii Five-0's Jean Smart (Camilla) phoned me from Bucharest, Romania, on their third day of shooting to discuss the film, which climaxes with...
The new season of Flashpoint puts family first — both on the job and in the characters' homes.
Check out photos of the Flashpoint cast
"The overview theme of the season is about family and how we're all connected," series star Enrico Colantoni tells TVGuide.com "When there are family situations that we deal with, we actually show how it affects us. The show certainly isn't about that, but you get a stronger sense of how my team reacts to the job and how they take it home, which is probably the most authentic thing about our show."
Colantoni plays Greg Parker, a crisis negotiator and the leader of the Strategic Response Unit. His dedication to his job led to the crumbling of his own family...
Michael Vartan and Lauren Skaar
Former Alias star Michael Vartan married girlfriend Lauren Skaar, People reports.
The couple tied the knot Saturday at a resort in Newport Beach, Calif. Vartan's Alias co-star, Victor Garber, served as a groomsman. Vartan, 42, sported a two-button Giorgio Armani tuxedo and Skaar wore a...
Jennifer Garner by Jamie McCarthy/ WireImage.com
Are the Afflecks expecting a second child? Conflicting reports have emerged, thanks in part to comments from Jennifer Garner's Alias costar, Victor Garber. The actor seemingly announced her pregnancy to Us, saying, "Yes, she is," when asked if the couple was expecting a baby.Later in the day, though, Garber said his comments had been taken out of context. "I haven't confirmed that at all, no," E! reports. "I know they want to have another child and hopefully that's true, but I don't know that." He added, "I know that they are hoping to be, I just don't know that it's for sure. It's a very...personal thing."What is confirmed is that Garner's been seen around town sporting super-baggy tops, and has previously expressed interest in having more children with Ben Affleck in addition to their daughter, Violet. All of this leaves us with the same guessing game and possibly a Jack Black-like slip from Garber. What do you think he meant? Anna Dimond
Ive been going on and on lately about how much ABCs Eli Stone has grown on me, especially in the last few weeksironically, the show finding its truest voice around the time it lost new episodes of Lost as a lead-in, par for the course in this frustrating strike-warped midseason. Tonight, Eli signs off after its 13-episode tryout, and if you can watch it unmoved, maybe this really isnt the show for you.Last week, Eli (the charming Jonny Lee Miller) shook everyones world by correctly predicting an earthquake. This week, his own world is shaken when he decides to risk dangerous surgery to remove his aneurism (which could be the cause of his quirky and often musical visions). Eli isnt so much worried about living or dying. The something in-between is what scares me, he says, and hes not talking about the show being on the proverbial bubble for renewal. (Im glad my pal Michael Ausiello shares my high hopes of the sho...